Linked by Adam S on Thu 12th Jun 2014 23:36 UTC

I am taking the plunge and moving from an iPhone to an Android device. I've been waiting a long time for Android to get to the point that it was fast and responsive enough, with a big enough application warehouse, wide enough support, and a smooth enough experience, to support me. Android is maturing with a consistent, system-wide look-and-feel, almost every major service now has an Android app as the counterpart to its iOS-first experience, and has a bright future with wearables, home automation, and more.

I certainly won't be the first person to change ecosystems entirely. Several have done it before, some looking for change or claim freedom, some aiming to save money, some because someone prompted them, some think they may be conforming by going with the ever-stylish Apple. I am doing it for this reason: for me, Android is now a better platform than iOS.

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> better than Android, arguably, given the switch button is on the keyboard

I don't think that's what was meant. It wasn't a language switch button that was wanted but an input method switch button. iOS and Android both already have switch language buttons on their stock keyboard if you've set up more than one language. You can configure the google keyboard to have an input method switch button as well, but whether you'll be able to have one to switch again depends on the keyboard to which you've moved.

Hacker's Keyboard's main claim to fame, however, is the ability to display *every single key* of a standard PC keyboard in landscape mode. This makes using SSH apps on Android tolerable on a phone, and moderately useful on a tablet, without requiring an external keyboard.

The Google keyboard has actually had this for a while. You just need to go into its advanced settings and add an input style for any language as "pc" rather than picking qwerty/qwertz/dvorak/etc. Enable that style in your languages list and disable the default for that language and you're done. No need for a third-party keyboard to get this functionality.

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